Florida Gators Recruiting: 4-Star Running Back Derrell Scott Receives Scholarship Offer

Florida continues it’s hard push to add a running back to the 2014 recruiting class. On Thursday, the Gators offered a scholarship to four-star running back Derrell Scott. The North Carolina native will officially visit Florida on January 17, 2014.

Derrell Scott, Florida Gators

From Havelock, NC (Havelock), Scott is a four-star prospect across the major recruiting services. He has more than a handful of scholarship offers, but seems to have the most interest in Florida, NC State, South Carolina and Tennessee. He visited the other three previously, but the timing of his visit to Florida gives the Gators a chance to take the lead. Scott’s 247 profile contains 34 predictions–all in favor of the Gamecocks–but the last one was made on November 20, 2013. South Carolina is still the safe pick, but Florida will get its chance with him.

At 5’10”, 181 pounds, Scott is a smaller back who uses his agility and breakaway speed to his advantage. He is a shifty runner with good patience and great ability to find the open field. Scott has good field vision, allowing him to quickly find the best path to daylight. Once he breaks away from defenses, he is able to get to another level in terms of speed and finish off long runs without getting caught from behind. He would be a great compliment to a team with a proven power runner already on its roster.

Baseball Recap: Florida 9 – North Carolina State 8; Gators Advance To College World Series

Talk about dramatic. The No. 1 Florida Gators beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Sunday 9-8 in 10 innings to advance to the College World Series. It’s the Gators’ third-straight trip to Omaha and gives them yet another chance to bring home the school’s first baseball national championship.

Senior center fielder Daniel Pigott and freshman third baseman Josh Tobias were the offensive heroes in the final inning. Pigott led off the 10th with a solo homerun to put the Gators up 8-7. Tobias then drove in freshman second baseman Casey Turgeon to give Florida a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. NC State got one run back, but wouldn’t get more.

The Gators used seven pitchers in the win with sophomore Karsten Whiston getting the victory to improve to 4-0 and sophomore Keenan Kish recording his first save of the season.

Florida will face either Oklahoma or SEC foe and defending national champion South Carolina in the opening round off the CWS. The Gamecocks currently lead that series 1-0.

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Baseball Recap: Florida 7 – North Carolina State 1; Gators Edge One Step Closer To College World Series

The top-seeded Florida Gators got one step closer to the College World Series on Saturday. The Gators defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 7-1 in their NCAA Super Regional series opener to go up 1-0. The best-of-three series could come to an end on Sunday if Florida can get a second-straight victory over NC State.

Rain couldn’t keep the Gators down on Saturday. Despite downpours throughout the game, Florida out-muscled NC State on the scoreboard. A four-run third inning put the Gators ahead and a two-run homerun by junior catcher Mike Zunino made sure it stayed that way.

Junior starter Hudson Randall got the victory to improve to 9-2 on the season. Randall pitched seven strong innings, never allowing a run to the Wolfpack.

Game two will be played at 1:00pm on Sunday and can be seen on ESPNU.

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Florida Gators To Face North Carolina State Wolfpack In NCAA Super Regional

The No. 1 Florida Gators will face the No. 16 North Carolina State Wolfpack in the NCAA Super Regional this weekend in a best-of-three series. The series will begin on Saturday at 2:00pm and continue on Sunday at 1:00pm. If a third game is necessary, it will be played at 1:00pm on Monday. Both weekend games will be televised on ESPNU and the Monday game will be on ESPN2.

The Gators (45-18) have the advantage of playing at home, while the Wolfpack (43-18) have to come into a hostile environment and eliminate that advantage if they hope to advance to the College World Series.

Both Florida and NC State advanced from their own home regions. The Gators needed only three games to advance, while the Wolfpack lost their second game, forcing them to win four to move on. Florida will hope to make quick work of NC State, with the Wolfpack looking at the possibility of pulling off what would be one of the tournament’s biggest upsets.

Baseball Recap: Florida 15 – Georgia Tech 3; Gators Advance To NCAA Super Regional

The top-seeded Florida Gators beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5-3 on Sunday to win the NCAA Gainesville Regional and advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the sixth time in school history. 2012 marks the fourth-straight season the Gators have advanced to the Super Regional.

Florida (45-18) used a little bit of everything to beat Georgia Tech (38-26). Senior center fielder Daniel Pigott and junior catcher Mike Zunino both drove in four runs and three different Gators crossed the plate three times each. Six pitchers combined to shut down the Yellow Jackets in the win, led by junior Brian Johnson who allowed just one run in five innings of work. Johnson improved to 8-4 on the season with the victory.

Florida doesn’t know its Super Regional opponent just yet, but the Gators do know they will host either Vanderbilt (35-27) or North Carolina State (42-18) in a three-game series next weekend. Florida swept Vandy in the regular season only to lose twice to the Commodores in the SEC Tournament. The Gators haven’t faced NC State this season.

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4th and 1: Florida’s Arrests, a USF Commitment, A.J. Green…

A little college football to get you through your Friday.

1st.  Urban Meyer claims Florida is not a dirty program.  Technically, he’s correct.  The Gators aren’t a dirty program.  Dirty programs violate NCAA rules – you know, like giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to a star player.  Florida’s problem is different.  Not the actions of the program itself, but the actions of certain players.  Arrests.

There have now been 30 arrests since Meyer took over as the head coach of the Gators.  That averages out to about six a season being that were still early in his sixth year.  There’s no acceptable amount, but that many is too much.  Some are very much on the minor side and many end up with the charges dropped, but they add up and ultimately they include some of the bigger stories.  Chris Rainey and Ronnie Wilson among those.
Look at it this way: Meyer has coached 185 players during his time with the Gators.  27 different players were among those 30 arrests.  That means nearly 15% of the players Meyer has coached have faced charges.  I’ll wait a minute for you to bang your head repeatedly against the wall.  Done?
It’s hard to say what can be done to solve the issue, but it needs to be a combination of things.  Can Meyer and staff crack down and lengthen suspensions were necessary?  Yes.  Do the players need to be held accountable for their actions?  Definitely.  Does something need to change one way or another?  YES!
2nd.  USF is doing what it can to address the loss of almost all depth at the tight end/fullback position at the end of this season.  The Bulls received a verbal commitment from Griffin (Griffin, GA) tight end Tye Turner this week.  Turner selected USF over Western Carolina and Western Kentucky.  He also had interest from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
The 6’2”, 245-pound tight end has also played fullback during his high school career.  He hopes to be used more in the passing game as a senior this season.
3rd.  Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will attempt to have his suspension reduced today.  The NCAA will hear an appeal requesting that Green be reinstated and be able to play this Saturday against Arkansas.  Green was given a four-game suspension after…GASP!…selling a jersey.
After dropping their conference opener to South Carolina, the Bulldogs desperately need a win against the Razorbacks.  Falling to 0-2 in SEC play could prove disastrous.  Having Green on the field gives the Bulldogs a much better chance of that not happening.  And it gives Aaron Murray a reliable receiver he can count on during key situations.
4th.  Russell Wilson likes the number three.  333 passing yards and 33 rushing to go along with three touchdowns in NC State’s win over Cincinnati on Thursday night.  Wilson started the season with a little rust as a result of playing too much of that other sport we all stopped following a few weeks ago.  Rust no more.  Look out ACC, Wilson is oh so very good.  And delightful to watch as well.
And 1.  Did you know Jeff Demps almost ended up at Tennessee?  Now you do.  Demps was seriously considering the Vols before David Cutcliffe left for Duke.  If he had headed to Tennessee we can all assume frustration over playing for a third head coach this season would have set in.  Luckily we only have to imagine Demps in Vol orange, we don’t have to actually experience it.

The Long Snapper (6/11/10)

College football.  Quick and to the point.  All new issue free of expansion talk!
USF’s football team is making progress in terms of academics.  The Bulls’ four-year score increase matched Illinois for largest in the nation.  USF achieved a 956 this year raising their four-year score from 909 to 930.  Four years ago, the Bulls scored an 879.  Quite an improvement in that span.  And in case you’re wondering, the lowest score in the Big East goes to Louisville at 926.  Get those kids headed in the right direction Charlie!
Remember Demar Dorsey?  Sure you do.  Super recruit who committed to Florida, flirted with Tennessee, and then signed with Michigan.  Well folks, he won’t end up a Wolverine.  After qualifying academically (supposedly), Dorsey wasn’t admitted by Michigan.  It’s rumored prior charges may have had something to do with it.  Dorsey had previously been charged with two felonies – one was dismissed and he was acquitted of the other.  The defensive back was recruiting by virtually every big school and could end up anywhere now that he has been released from his letter of intent.
The Colorado Rockies seem to have a thing for college football quarterbacks.  They have a couple of former SEC QBs in their organization and just added two from the ACC.  With the 26th pick in the draft, the Rockies took Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker.  Earlier this season, Parker became the first athlete to throw 20 passes and hit 20 homeruns in one academic year in division one college athletics history.  Being selected that high could mean Parker won’t be returning to the Tigers’ football team.  Colorado may offer him more than enough money to make that decision for him, but head coach Dabo Swinney hopes Parker realizes he’s an extremely talented football player as well.  First round talent though?  Probably not.
In the fourth round, the Rockies selected NC State quarterback Russell Wilson.  Wilson threw 31 touchdown passes to lead the ACC last season and hit .306 for the baseball team.  Unlike Parker, he already seems sure of his future.  Wilson would like to see what he can do in the Rockies system as well as return to play QB for the Wolfpack.  He’s hoping arrangements can be made for him to do both.

The Long Snapper (2/26/10)

Mike Ford no more.  The former blue-chip recruit running back who gave Bulls’ fans high hopes for the 2010 season after his dominant performance in the International Bowl has been dismissed from the USF football team for a violation of team rules.  Rumors are rampant concerning the reason for his dismissal, but regardless of what occurred, he is gone (there is even some talk about the NCAA being involved).  Ford was the highest-rated talent to ever commit to the Bulls, ranked as a five-star prospect coming out of Hargrave Military Academy.  Big things were expected of Ford.  With USF only being a year removed from back-to-back 1,300-yard seasons from Andre Hall, the Bulls thought they had found their next star back.  Ford had his moments, but never fully lived up to the promise, in part because he had trouble getting himself on the field consistently.  But occasionally he would come back and show some of that talent that got him so highly rated in the first place.  His last game was one of those moments.  In the 2010 International Bowl – a 27-3 win over Northern Illinois – Ford carried the ball 20 times for 207 yards.  It was a career-high that nearly doubled his season total.  Good things were expected from Ford in Skip Holtz’s system.  A system that while in place at ECU produced Chris Johnson.  Unfortunately we’ll never get to see it.  Ford is gone.  His last game as a Bull has been played.  Ford is handling the situation as best he can.  He has apologized for his mistake and taken responsibility for his actions.  He hopes to continue classes at USF and then be able to play his final year elsewhere.
Wide receiver Donald Bowens is a few months away from graduating from NC State, after which he may finish his college career at USF. Bowens has one year of eligibility left and could spend it with the Bulls.  After a productive season in 2007 (41 catches, 598 yards, three touchdowns), Bowens missed all of 2008 and parts of 2009 due to injuries.  With one season left, it appears as if he wants to be a Bull: “I want to play at USF. I’d love to be at home for my final college season.” Bowens is a St. Petersburg High alum who was recruited by the Bulls out of high school.  Adding him to the receiving corps can only be a plus for a team whose leading returning receiver only had 26 catches in 2009.  Any addition to the depth at WR is a plus.  If I’m counting correctly (which I far from guarantee), Bowens has more career catches than any current Bull receiver.  Nothing bad about bringing him in for his final year.
Former Florida quarterback John Brantley, father of current Florida quarterback John Brantley, is battling prostate cancer, however, it is being reported he has an extremely treatable form of the cancer and a very high rate of recovery based on the surgery he will have in March.  For the elder Brantley, the diagnosis came at a time he had been waiting for.  A time when his son was ready to take the practice field as the starting quarterback at the University of Florida.  Something the entire family had been patiently waiting for.  Best wishes to Brantley and his entire family with his recovery.  And continuing to look forward to seeing the younger Brantley on the field.
A look at the Premier Showcase of New Jersey where some of the area’s top juniors get a chance to show their stuff.  And one where Florida signee Sharrif Floyd picked up top lineman honors last year.  Scroll down until you get to Damiere Byrd.  Byrd had the fastest 40 time of any junior at the U.S. Army National Combine earlier this year and could be one of the quickest prospects in the country.  While he hasn’t received offers from some of the nation’s top programs just yet, he is hearing a lot from them, including Florida which used the magic words.  Byrd has said the Gators want to put him in the Percy Harvin position (a position I still wonder why Florida is trying so hard to fill…adapt people!).  He can play wide receiver or defensive back at the next level, but Byrd would like to focus on the offensive side of the ball.
One year after being the jewel of Auburn’s 2009 recruiting class, Tyrik Rollison is leaving the Tigers, and in a roundabout way, the Gators could have had something to do with his desire to transfer.  Rollison redshirted in 2009 and was expected to make a push for the starting job at quarterback.  Then Auburn brought in a transfer familiar to Florida fans.  A transfer – Cameron Newton – who is expected to assume the starting role.  Rollison might have still had a chance to earn serious playing time, but will instead transfer to Sam Houston State, close to his home of Sulphur Springs, Texas.  He could have garnered interest from a number of top programs, but Rollison didn’t want to go another year without seeing the field.  At Sam Houston State, he will be eligible immediately and could hold the starting job for several years.

What to Watch – Week 11

It finally feels like fall in my part of the world.  A little deep into the football season, but nice nonetheless.  Finally the right weather for the sport.
Michigan @ Wisconsin – 12:00 – Has the Rich Rodriguez countdown begun?  Could he resurface at, say, a school like Louisville in a couple of years?  A 5-5 record with the Badgers and Ohio State left on the schedule isn’t the barrel of the gun you want to be looking down.
Tennessee @ Ole Miss – 12:00 – The Rebels are favored so I’m calling for the Vols to pull off the upset.  Although, I don’t really see it as an upset.  I’m only one of probably a million that thought Ole Miss was overrated way back at the beginning of the season.  As a Florida fan, I’m required to mention something about Nu’Keese Richardson getting arrested, aren’t I?
Clemson @ NC State – 12:00C.J. Spiller is the only reason you need to watch.  Unless of course you don’t like big plays.
Florida @ South Carolina – 3:30 – In case you weren’t wearing a helmet and fell off your BMX, Steve Spurrier used to coach the Gators.  True story.
Stanford @ USC – 3:30 – The Trojans haven’t lost 3 games in a season in who knows how long.  They’re 1 loss away from that total now.
Iowa @ Ohio State – 3:30 – This matchup was a lot more interesting before the Hawkeyes season of comeback miracles came to an end last week.  Now?  Ehh.  To be honest, there are other 3:30 games I’d rather be watching.
Miami @ UNC – 3:30 – Is Butch Davis in a similar situation at UNC as Spurrier is at South Carolina?  This was supposed to be a better season for the Tar Heels.  Not that 6-3 is bad, but Davis was supposed to get them closer to the top of the ACC.  Don’t think that happens anytime soon.
Alabama @ Mississippi State – 7:00 – I heard someone say this game was on their upset alert.  I just don’t see it.  Bama may makes things interesting (much like a certain team in Gainesville) more than many expected this year, but I think the Tide add to their win total on Saturday.
Arizona @ Cal – 7:00 – The Golden Bears sure like to lose with style when they do this season.  Cal has lost by 17 or more in all 3 of their defeats.  The Wildcats on the other hand have lost 2 by a total of 13 points.  For some reason, I’m picking Cal.  Don’t ask me why.  I don’t make sense.
Auburn @ Georgia – 7:00 – Because the only thing better than one 7:00 SEC game between a team from the state of Alabama and a team with the nickname Bulldogs, is 2 7:00 SEC games between teams from the state of Alabama and teams with the nickname Bulldogs.
Utah @ TCU – 7:30 – 2 ranked teams, no television coverage where I am.  Guess that means this shouldn’t be included on What to Watch.
Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh – 8:00 – A Notre Dame game not on NBC.  Interesting.  With each Irish loss, the Urban Meyer to ND rumors flare up again.

The Long Snapper: September 3, 2009

Today’s the day. It’s an odd feeling. Being excited about a South Carolina/NC State game. Of course, it’ll be much odder tomorrow night when I’m sitting down to watch Tulane host Tulsa. What can I say? I have a problem.

Florida has captains. Brandon James. Joey Sorrentino. Brandon Spikes. Ryan Stamper. Tim Tebow. Spikes, Stamper, and Tebow became on the sixth, seventh, and eighth Gators to ever be two-time captains. (H/T: One Eyed Willy)

Dustin Doe, suspended.

Doctors are still trying to determine the best course of action for true freshman Andre Debose. The longer this takes, the more serious it seems to be. Now I don’t know if that’s true, but in many situations, the injury occurs and a course is decided upon. The fact that Debose’s situation is still being evaluated has me wondering what’s up.

Matt Patchan and James Wilson are still battling it out to determine who will get the final starting spot on the offensive line. Carl Johnson will start at left guard if Patchan wins the battle and he’ll move to tackle if the last spot goes to Wilson.

Superstar freshman linebacker Jon Bostic will play against Charleston Southern. Superstar freshman linebacker Jelani Jenkins probably won’t. Jenkins’ ankle is improving, but isn’t 100%. No point in pushing him into action.

Florida commit Gerald Christian flew up the Rivals100. The tight end is 51st on the most recent list after having been listed at 110th previously.

Broadcast information for the Florida/Charleston Southern game.

Most sites won’t put spreads on games where FBS teams play FCS teams, but Florida has been mentioned as a 63-point favorite over Charleston Southern. To find the last time the Gators even scored 60 or more points in a season opener, you have to go back to 2003 and year two of the Ron Zook era. Florida beat San Jose State 65-3 that day. Ingle Martin, Chris Leak, and Gavin Dickey all threw touchdown passes and Kelvin Kight was the Gators’ leading receiver. Florida would go on to finish 8-5 on the season leaving freshman Leak and Andre Caldwell probably wondering what they had gotten themselves into. Just another reason to be thankful for Urban Meyer.

ESPN pushed a Florida/Utah matchup, but it couldn’t get worked out in the end. Thus, we have Charleston Southern.

Despite been one of the more experienced members of USF’s offensive line, Jake Sims wasn’t likely to start. However, after Mark Popek’s battle with the flu, it looks like Sims will get his 11th career start.

The Bulls will be represented by Matt Grothe, Mo Plancher, George Selvie, and Kion Wilson as captains for the first game.

Keeley Dorsey – who passed away during conditioning in 2007 – would’ve been a senior this fall. To honor him, a different senior will wear #10 – his jersey number – in each game during the 2009 season. Defensive tackle Aaron Harris will wear it in the season opener against Wofford. Harris normally wears #98.

Mark Ingram and Julio Jones will play in Alabama’s season opener against Virginia Tech; on the condition they pay back the money for their fishing trip. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ll never understand some of the NCAA’s regulations. It was a fishing trip. They weren’t given a fishing boat (at least not that we know of).

The Motor City Bowl has been renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Be honest, you had no idea Little Caesars still existed.

The nation’s top high school receiver Kyle Prater chose to USC over Illinois. Good choice Kyle. Good choice.

As for that South Carolina/NC State game we’ll all be watching tonight, hopefully this time around things go better for Russell Wilson.